(Oct. 16, 2020) Note: The following is not meant to be offensive in any way.
Me: Bless me father for I have sinned. It’s been a year and a half since my last confession.
These are my sins: My surfing has been terrible. There are other sins as well, but they do not pertain to this article.
Priest: Why has it been so long since your last confession?
Me: The covid-19 virus has gotten in the way.
Priest: That’s a valid reason. Firstly, my son, terrible surfing is not a sin, but I do have some advice to hopefully help with your problem.
Me: Thank you father. I’m paying strict attention.
Priest: My advice for you would be to spend more time in the water.
Me: Thank you father. I now feel so much better.
Most sports/teams have coaches and advisors on most any level from pee wee baseball on up to the highest professional levels.
I’m sure that Mike Trout, LeBron James and Tom Brady all have their off days and slumps, but there are coaches and exercises and various apparatus to help with weak points or problems in their performance.
So too with surfing, at least on the higher levels, where it can, ostensibly, be afforded.
Surfing has its uniqueness, though, in that the actual “playing field” is subject to constant change.
It is also very individualistic, not at all team oriented.
Granted, one could hire a coach or advisor or attend a camp of some sort, but a surfer with years of experience might get to thinking that they are certainly familiar with the basics and nuances of the sport/activity and simply need a bit more time and effort to get back to at least an enjoyable level.
Thus, the notion of more water time, more time spent in the water.
I’m sure there are certain exercises and therapies one could apply to help in the endeavor, but it’s been said that the only thing to do to help one’s surfing is to go surfing and I believe that there’s a lot of truth to that.
So there it is, more time spent in the water.
It’s like most anything else. The more it’s done the more familiar one becomes and the less that it’s done the harder it is to get back to a level of any kind.
It’s simple, really, and yet so difficult and frustrating.
One step at a time as one friend has suggested and also good advice I might add.
Spend more time in the water, once again, rather simple, whatever it takes to accomplish the task.
Heck, a shower is probably needed anyway! Just the joy of being in the water should be enough.
Me: Bless me father for I have sinned.
Priest: Once again it is not a sin, though your penance, my son, is to spend more time in the water.
– Dave Dalkiewicz is the owner of Ocean Atlantic Surf Shop in Ocean City.